The French mega collector François Pinault opened his new museum in the heart of the city of Venice, Italy.
Besides his existing museum in Venice, Palazzo Grassi, he now shows a choice of his large collection also at Punta della Dogana. It was a historic customs building right at the entrance of the city.
The Japanese architect Tadao Ando did an excellent job: He carefully restored the original façades and put very light and contemporary concrete walls inside the existing structure. This gives a nice dialogue of the old and the new.
Mr. Pinault, who controls companies like Gucci group, Puma or Christie's, is one of the biggest collectors in the world. He is for sure a professional in the business of brand items. ‘Mapping the Studio’ shows a mix of the big International (brand) names of the last decades and blends it with work of younger artists.
Many famous pieces are here: ‘Ah, Pinault owns this too!’ is what I thought many times. ‘My Lonesome Cowboy’ by Takashi Murakami or ‘Fucking Hell’ by Jake and Dinos Chapman are two of these examples.
This selection of Pinault’s collection shows excellent pieces like the installation ‘Untitled. (One Hundred Spaces)’ of 1995 by Rachel Whiteread.
Or Maurizio Cattelan’s horse in the wall ‘Untitled’ of 2007.
At Palazzo Grassi, there was a fine series by Richard Prince of 2006/7. It is called 'Untitled (deKooning)'. He blended his own photos with deKoonings women. There might also be a little Picasso too...
I especially liked the conceptual baroque works ‘Untitled’ of 2008 by Rudolf Stingel in black and white.
However, there are also works that do not touch me in any way. Like most of the Murakamis or Martial Raysse’s painting ‘L’Enface deBacchus’ of 1991.
The show curated by Alison M. Gingeras and Francesco Bonami in general is worth to see. In contrary to this year's Venice Biennial there are many big names and famous works of art.
I personally did not like the somewhat morbid mood it has. Nevertheless, that might go well with Venice.